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Current Trends and Issues

There are many trends worth watching in the financial industry. One example is the growth of outsourced trading, which occurs when a company provides trading services (e.g. trade execution, research, access to international markets) to other firms such as hedge funds. “Outsourced trading is no longer a taboo topic. In fact, it is now firmly a part of the institutional trading ecosystem,” said Dragan Skoko, head of outsourced trading and xBK at BNY Mellon, in an article about the trend in The TRADE. Companies are outsourcing trading (or using a hybrid model that outsources some of its trading) to improve operational efficiencies, pursue growth while reducing costs, address regulatory change and compliance challenges, and fill technology and staffing needs that can’t be met in house. Other noteworthy trends include the integration of machine learning, artificial intelligence (including generative AI), and blockchain technology into trading platforms, the growing popularity of cryptocurrencies, the continuing decline of trading commissions, and the increasing use of alternative data.

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